Adolf S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3714) interviewed by Viera Durisova and Daniel Duris
- Bratislava, Slovakia : Milan Šimečka Foundation, 1995
- Interview Date
- October 22, 1995.
- 3 copies: VHS submaster; Betacam SP dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Adolf S Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3714). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Adolf S., who was born in Galanta, Czechoslovakia (presently Slovkia) in 1919, one of seven children. He recalls attending public and religious schools; cordial relations with non-Jews; a sister's death from illness; working in the family bakery; his father's death in 1936; Hungarian occupation in 1938; anti-Jewish restrictions, including confiscation of the bakery; draft into a Hungarian slave labor battalion in 1939; two years slave labor in Hungary; transfer to the Russian front; traveling home from Belgorod after the Russians stopped the German offensive in 1943; a non-Jewish baker briefly hiding him; deportation to Nové Zámky, Mauthausen, then Gunskirchen in 1944; liberation by United States troops; returning home; restarting the bakery with a brother; confiscation by the communist government; and a successful government career despite antisemitism. Mr. S. discusses prisoners helping each other; the importance of his faith and luck to his survival; constant fear; dehumanization, and harsh conditions during the war; a trip to Auschwitz in 1965; and actively participating in the Jewish community.